Kyle Larson sweeps California

Monday 27th March, 2017 - 10:35am

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Kyle Larson out front in California

Kyle Larson has won the Auto Club 400 at Fontana in California and in the process swept both the XFinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races of the weekend.

Larson converted his pole position, and took the bonus points for winning the first stage of the race as well. It was his second career victory in the Cup Series and increases his lead in the standings.

Larson has enjoyed a great start to the season with today’s win making it four top-2 finishes in five races.

On long runs he was strong and with despite a succession of caution periods towards the end of the race, he was able to drive through to the lead after others took the tyre gamble and stayed out.

The only other driver who seriously contended was Martin Truex Jr. who won the second bonus stage. However, he was one of the tyre gamblers at the end and he would go onto finish in fourth.

The major danger for Larson at the end was Brad Keselowski, but Larson had more than enough for the Penske driver.

Clint Bowyer came home in third.

With six cautions in the final third of the race, Larson had to keep his head.

“I was staying as calm as I could be, but also frustrated at the same time it seems that every time I get to the lead a caution would come out and I had to fit people off on re-starts.

“But our Target Chevy was amazing today and we were able to lead a lot of laps. Truex was better than us after the second stage, but then we got the jump on him and then lead from that point pretty much.

“We have been second so good all year long with so many second places, but today we showed that we do know how to win.”

In terms of the biggest disappointment Matt Kenseth was running in fourth when he went spinning and made hard contact with the inside wall after a late re-start. He would be classified in 36th.

NASCAR next week heads to the track known as the “Paperclip”, the flat half-mile at Martinsville.

VIDEO: Race recap

VIDEO: Victory Lane

RESULTS: Auto Club 400 – Fontana

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps
1 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 202
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 202
3 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 202
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 202
5 22 Joey Logano Ford 202
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 202
7 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 202
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 202
9 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 202
10 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 202
11 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 202
12 77 Erik Jones Toyota 202
13 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 202
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 202
15 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 202
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 202
17 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 202
18 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 202
19 43 Aric Almirola Ford 202
20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 202
21 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 202
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 202
23 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 202
24 41 Kurt Busch Ford 201
25 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 201
26 10 Danica Patrick Ford 200
27 34 Landon Cassill Ford 200
28 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 200
29 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 200
30 83 Lajoie Corey Toyota 200
31 38 David Ragan Ford 199
32 72 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 199
33 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 198
34 15 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 197
35 51 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 193
36 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 184
37 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 173
38 55 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 117
39 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 99
STANDINGS
 
Pos
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Kyle Larson
184
Leader
1
5
4
4
1
2
Chase Elliott
171
-13
0
5
2
3
1
3
Martin Truex Jr.
153
-31
1
5
2
3
0
4
Brad Keselowski
143
-41
1
5
4
4
1
5
Joey Logano
135
-49
0
5
2
4
1
6
Ryan Blaney
127
-57
0
5
1
3
0
7
Jamie McMurray
119
-65
0
5
0
3
0
8
Kevin Harvick
113
-71
0
5
0
2
1
9
Kurt Busch
105
-79
1
5
1
2
0
10
Kasey Kahne
105
-79
0
5
1
2
0
11
Ryan Newman
101
-83
1
5
1
1
0
12
Trevor Bayne
100
-84
0
5
0
1
0
13
Kyle Busch
97
-87
0
5
1
2
0
14
Clint Bowyer
97
-87
0
5
1
2
0
15
Denny Hamlin
97
-87
0
5
0
2
0
16
Jimmie Johnson
93
-91
0
5
0
1
0
17
Aric Almirola
90
-94
0
5
1
1
0
18
Erik Jones
82
-102
0
5
0
1
0
19
Paul Menard
78
-106
0
5
1
1
0
20
Matt Kenseth
72
-112
0
5
1
2
0
21
Daniel Suarez
72
-112
0
5
0
2
0
22
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
71
-113
0
5
1
1
0
23
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
70
-114
0
5
0
0
0
24
Ty Dillon
68
-116
0
5
0
0
0
25
Austin Dillon
66
-118
0
5
0
0
0
26
Michael McDowell
62
-122
0
5
0
0
0
27
Matt DiBenedetto
56
-128
0
5
0
1
0
28
Landon Cassill
55
-129
0
5
0
0
0
29
Danica Patrick
52
-132
0
5
0
0
0
30
Cole Whitt
50
-134
0
5
0
0
0
31
AJ Allmendinger
39
-145
0
5
1
1
0
32
Chris Buescher
39
-145
0
5
0
0
0
33
David Ragan
37
-147
0
5
0
0
0
34
Michael Waltrip
29
-155
0
1
0
1
0
35
Jeffrey Earnhardt
21
-163
0
5
0
0
0
36
Reed Sorenson
19
-165
0
4
0
0
0
37
Corey LaJoie
18
-166
0
5
0
0
0
38
Derrike Cope
7
-177
0
4
0
0
0
39
Gray Gaulding
5
-179
0
4
0
0
0
40
D.J. Kennington
1
-183
0
1
0
0
0
41
Cody Ware
1
-183
0
1
0
0
0
42
Brendan Gaughan
0
-184
0
1
0
0
0
43
Elliott Sadler
0
-184
0
1
0
0
0
44
Joey Gase
0
-184
0
1
0
0
0
45
Timmy Hill
0
-184
0
3
0
0
0